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Faith Gets the Credit (1865)

You shall observe, that in the same action, wherein other graces are eminently exercised as well as faith, even then fai...



(probable date) Lucius becomes bishop of Rome.

Authority for the date: Wace, Henry. Dictionary of Christian Biography and Literature.


Death of Irish missionary Moluag (also known as Lugaidh and by other names). A contemporary of Columba, he had introduced Christianity to the Island of Lismore and parts of northeastern Scotland.

Authority for the date: Annals of Ulster.


Death of William of Vercelli, the founder of the Hermits of Monte Vergine, also known as Williamites.

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The Council of Basel proclaims that it has cast down Pope Eugenius, calling him a disturber of the peace, a simoniac, perjurer, incorrigible, schismatic, heretical, and errant in faith.

Authority for the date: Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church.


The leaders of the Reformation present the Augsburg Confession to Emperor Charles V—an explanation of the position and beliefs of Lutherans.

Authority for the date: Britannica.


Fifty years after the presentation of the Augsburg Confession, the Book of Concord is made available to the public.

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Death of David Chytraeus who had played an important role in the writing of the Lutheran Church’s Formula of Concord.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Death in Warwick Lane, London, of Robert Leighton, archbishop of Glasgow. One epitaph says, “Here rest the remains of Robert Leighton, Bishop of Dunblane, afterwards Archbishop of Glasgow. In an age of religious strife he adorned the doctrine of God his saviour by a holy life and by the meek and loving spirit which breathes through his writing.” He had said that rather than preach to the age, he preferred to preach Jesus Christ and eternity.

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The Byzantine chapel named Bogdan Serai, used by Christian envoys to the Turkish Porte, is destroyed in a fire.

Authority for the date: Van Millingen, Alexander, et al. Byzantine Churches in Constantinople.


Ludwig Nommensen lands on the island of Sumatra to begin the mission work for which he will be famous.

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English pioneer missionary J. Hudson Taylor, unable to bear the thought of millions perishing in the east, prays for twenty-four willing and skillful workers, and founds the China Inland Mission (later known as OMF—the Overseas Missionary Fellowship International).

Authority for the date: Orr, J. Edwin. The Second Evangelical Awakening. Marshall Morgan & Scott, 1949.


Myrtle Wilson and a group of women who want to be missionaries in Africa pray for funds. Within a month they receive enough money to sail for their destination.

Authority for the date: Robert, Dana L. American Women in Mission. Mercer University Press, 1997.


Pope Pius XI orders American anti-racist priest John LaFarge to draft an encyclical against racism because of the growing Aryanism of Germany. LaFarge will do so, but Vatican politics will prevent its promulgation before the pope’s death the following February.

Authority for the date: Peter Eisner. The Pope’s Last Crusade. New York: William Morrow, 2013.


In the ruling Engel v. Vitale, the United States Supreme court bans official prayers in public schools on a case brought from New York, saying that such prayers are unconstitutional as a violation of the separation of church and state.

Authority for the date: ENGEL v. VITALE, 370 U.S. 421 (1962)

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